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This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adrienne Barrett ...
The Gamin
Bruno VeSota ...
Rich Man (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Ben Roseman ...
Law Enforcer / Father
Richard Barron ...
Evil One
Ed Hinkle ...
Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
Lucille Rowland ...
Mother (as Lucille Howland)
Jebbie VeSota ...
Flower Girl (as Jebbie Ve Sota)
Faith Parker ...
Nightclub Dancer
Gayne Sullivan ...
Wino
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Shorty Rogers (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
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Storyline

As the narrator invites us to explore the horrors of an insane mind, a young woman wakes from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room. We follow her through the skid-row night and encounters with an abusive husband; a wino; a pimp and the rich man he panders for; a flashback to her traumatic childhood; violence; pursuit through dark streets; dementia. Filmed in film-noir style throughout; only the narrator speaks. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Daughter of Horror  »

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1.37 : 1
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The movie was inspired by a dream of Adrienne Barrett, John Parker's secretary, who stars in the film. As Barrett was not an actress, Bruno VeSota states he tricked her into performing by various means, including tickling her feet with a feather (for laughter) and unexpectedly shooting a blank at her (for shock). According to VeSota, the film was originally intended to be a 10 minute short, and the majority of the film was fleshed out by him by conceiving one shock after another, and he therefore considers himself the uncredited screenwriter. VeSota also claims to have directed at least half the film, and to have guided John Parker in directing the rest. This is according to part of an interview between VeSota and Barry Brown for an unpublished article in Castle of Frankenstein film magazine, as summarized in the August 1980 issue of Heavy Metal magazine by Bhob Stewart. See more »

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Narrator: Safe. Safe? At last. Yes, you are safe... in another hallucination of your crazed mind.
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Referenced in Creepy Classics (1987) See more »

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Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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AT Last !
20 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Finally after a long wait we can see the original version of "Dementia" which was re released two years later as "Daughter of Horror" , cut by two minutes and featured the notoriously bad voice over by the unknown (outside america) Ed McMahon , which was added as the re releasers thought that the public would not understand what was going on , it did the opposite and has unfairly given the film a bad reputation. Since the re release was shown , the film itself has pretty much disappeared and only terrible prints on the 1957 version have been available , giving a brief glimpse of what this film could have been. But now the full version has been released by Kino Films on DVD. The print is stunning (compared to the previously available anything would be preferable), and the restoration of the nightmarish "jazzey" score is fault less. "Dementia" and "Daughter of Horror" (it was given a more salatious title to get audiences in) are both on the disc...with some great extras its worth a look. The story itself is a living/dreaming nightmare , the boundaries are jarred from the first scene as we pan in from the empty street into the apartment window and track up to the bed. The Gammin wakes and looks as if she has just had a bad nightmare , she gets up and walks over to a drawer , opens it and pulls out a switchblade , she looks down and sneers , pockets the knife and goes out into the night. From here on we either know that she it totally insane or that she is out to protect herself or both. We follow her journey into bars and meetings with pimps and flower sellers. I wont tell you anymore about it , otherwise it will spoil the fun of finding out for yourself but this film is a must and belongs on any serious collectors shelf.


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